Here are the winners of the 2023 Hugo Awards

Awarded at this year's WorldCon in Chengdu, China

Here are the winners of the 2023 Hugo Awards
Image: Hello Chengdu

The 81st World Science Fiction Convention took place in Chengdu, China this weekend, and with it came this year's winners of the 2023 Hugo Awards.

This was an interesting year for the Hugos – and for a bunch of other awards. I opined on this earlier in the summer when the finalist list was released: it was an internationally diverse list (fitting, given that it was held in China for the first time, although a bunch of folks noted that Chinese representation was a bit lower than they would have preferred). It's worth noting that finalists and winners are the product of the SF/F community, and those selections are an interesting barometer for one of the states of the community's preferences.

One thing that I've found interesting this year is how different this year's slate of awards have been: the winners of the 2023 Nebulas had one set of winners, the Dragon Awards had another set of winners, and this year's set of Hugo recipients are another set.

I think that spread is a good thing for readers. It can be a bit boring when you see the same handful of books and stories sweep up everything across the board, and when you see a bunch of different books picking up different awards, it's a sign that there's no single consensus of the state of the genre.

Here are the finalists and winners (marked in bold) for this year's Hugos. Next year's awards will take place at the 2024 WorldCon: Glasgow 2024.

Astounding Award for Best New Writer

  • Travis Baldree
  • Naseem Jamnia
  • Isabel J Kim*
  • Maijia Liu
  • Everina Maxwell*
  • Weimu Xin*

*finalist in their 2nd year of eligibility

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult  Book

  • Akata Woman (The Nsibidi Scripts) by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn
  • Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak by Charlie Jane Anders
  • The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik
  • In the Serpents Wake by Rachel Hartman
  • Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny Woods by Catherynne M. Valente

Best Fan Artist

  • Iain Clark
  • Richard Man
  • Laya Rose
  • Alison Scott
  • España Sheriff  
  • Orion Smith  

Best Fan Writer

  • Chris M. Barkley
  • Bitter Karella
  • Arthur Liu  
  • RiverFlow  
  • Jason Sanford  
  • Örjan Westin

Best Fancast

  • Coode Street Podcast presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe, produced by Jonathan Strahan
  • Hugo, Girl! by Haley Zapal, Amy Salley, Lori Anderson, and Kevin Anderson
  • Hugos There by Seth Heasley
  • Kalanadi created and presented by Rachel
  • Octothorpe by John Coxon, Alison Scott, and Liz Batty
  • Worldbuilding for Masochists by Cass Morris, Rowenna Miller, Marshall Ryan Maresca

Best Fanzine

  • Chinese Academic SF Express, by Latssep and Tianluo_Qi
  • Galactic Journey, by Gideon Marcus, Janice Marcus, Tammi Bozich, Erica Frank, Arel Lucas, and Mark Yon
  • Journey Planet, by Regina Kanyu Wang, Yen Ooi, Arthur Liu, Jean Martin, Erin Underwood, Steven H Silver, Pádraig Ó Méalóid and their other co-editors
  • Nerds of a Feather, by Roseanna Pendlebury, Arturo Serrano, Paul Weimer, Adri Joy, Joe Sherry, Vance Kotrla, G. Brown
  • Unofficial Hugo Book Club Blog, by Olav Rokne and Amanda Wakaruk
  • Zero Gravity Newspaper, by RiverFlow and Ling Shizhen

Best Semiprozine

  • Escape Pod, Co-editors Mur Lafferty & Valerie Valdes; Assistant editors Benjamin C. Kinney & Premee Mohamed, host Tina Connolly, Producers Summer Brooks and Adam Pracht
  • FIYAH, edited by the entire FIYAH team
  • khōréō, edited by team khōréō
  • PodCastle, Co-Editors Shingai Njeri Kagunda and Eleanor R. Wood; Assistant Editor Sofia Barker; Host Matt Dovey; Audio Producers Peter Adrian Behravesh, Devin Martin, and Eric Valdes
  • Strange Horizons, edited by The Strange Horizons Editorial Team
  • Uncanny Magazine, publishers and editors-in-chief: Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas; managing/poetry editor Chimedum Ohaegbu; managing editor Monte Lin; nonfiction editor Meg Elison; podcast producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky

Best Professional Artist

  • Sija Hong
  • Kuri Huang Kuri
  • Paul Lewin
  • Alyssa Winans
  • Jian Zhang
  • Enzhe Zhao

Best Editor, Long Form

  • Ruoxi Chen
  • Lindsey Hall
  • Lee Harris
  • Sarah Peed
  • Huan Yan
  • Haijun Yao

Best Editor, Short Form

  • Scott H. Andrews
  • Neil Clarke
  • Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki
  • Sheree Renée Thomas
  • Xu Wang
  • Feng Yang

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • Andor: “One Way Out” written by Beau Willimon, Tony Gilroy, and George Lucas, directed by Toby Haynes
  • Andor: “Rix Road” written by Tony Gilroy and George Lucas, directed by Benjamin Caron
  • The Expanse: “Babylon’s Ashes” written by Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck, Naren Shankar, directed by Breck Eisner
  • For All Mankind: “Stranger in a Strange Land” written by Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi, directed by Craig Zisk
  • She-Hulk: Attorney at Law: “Whose Show is This?” written by Jessica Gao, Francesca Gailes, and Jacqueline Gailes, directed by Kat Coiro
  • Stranger Things: “Chapter Four: Dear Billy” written by Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, and Paul Dichter, directed by Shawn Levy

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  • Avatar: The Way of Water screenplay by James Cameron, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver, directed by James Cameron
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever screenplay by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, directed by Ryan Coogler
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once screenplay by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Sheinert
  • Nope written by Jordan Peele, directed by Jordan Peele
  • Severance (Season 1) written by Dan Erickson, Anna Ouyang Moench et al., directed by Ben Stiller and Aoife McArdle
  • Turning Red screenplay by Julia Cho and Domee Shi, directed by Domee Shi
  • Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road by Kyle Buchanan
  • Buffalito World Outreach Project by Lawrence M. Schoen
  • Chinese Science Fiction, An Oral History, Volume 1 by Yang Feng
  • The Ghost of Workshops Past by S.L. Huang
  • Still Just a Geek: An Annotated Memoir by Wil Wheaton
  • Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes by Rob Wilkins

Best Graphic Story or Comic

  • Cyberpunk 2077: Big City Dreams by Bartosz Sztybor, Filipe Andrade, Alessio Fioriniello, Roman Titov, Krzysztof Ostrowski
  • DUNE: The Official Movie Graphic Novel by Lilah Sturges, Drew Johnson, Zid
  • Monstress vol. 7: Devourer by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
  • Once & Future Vol 4: Monarchies in the UK by Kieron Gillen / Dan Mora
  • Saga, Vol. 10 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Fonografiks (Image Comics)
  • Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow by Tom King, Bilquis Evely, and Matheus Lopes

Best Series

  • Children of Time Series by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • The Founders Trilogy by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • The Locked Tomb by Tamsyn Muir
  • October Daye by Seanan McGuire
  • Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovich
  • The Scholomance by Naomi Novik

Best Short Story

  • “D.I.Y.” by John Wiswell (, August 2022)
  • “On the Razor’s Edge” by Jiang Bo (Science Fiction World, January 2022)
  • “Rabbit Test” by Samantha Mills (Uncanny Magazine, November-December 2022)
  • “Resurrection” by Ren Qing (Future Fiction/Science Fiction World, December 2022)
  • “The White Cliff” by Lu Ban (Science Fiction World, May 2022)
  • “Zhurong on Mars” by Regina Kanyu Wang (Frontiers, September 2022)

Best Novelette

  • “The Difference Between Love and Time” by Catherynne M. Valente (Someone in Time: Tales of Time-Crossed Romance, Solaris)
  • Dream of Electric Mothers”, by Wole Talabi (Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction, Tordotcom)
  • “If You Find Yourself Speaking to God, Address God with the Informal You” by John Chu (Uncanny Magazine, July-August 2022)
  • “Murder By Pixel: Crime and Responsibility in the Digital Darkness” by S.L. Huang (Clarkesworld, December 2022)
  • “The Space-Time Painter” by Hai Ya (Galaxy’s Edge, April 2022)
  • “We Built This City” by Marie Vibbert (Clarkesworld, June 2022)

Best Novella

  • Even Though I Knew the End by C.L. Polk
  • Into the Riverlands by Nghi Vo
  • A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow
  • Ogres by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher
  • Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire

Best Novel

  • The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
  • Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree
  • Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
  • Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher
  • The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal